A recent study found that children are more likely to consume unhealthy foods within two hours of physical activity compared to their mothers.
The study included 175 mothers and their children aged 8-12 who completed eight days of real time ecological momentary assessment. Mothers reported on whether sedentary screen activity, physical activity, and intake of healthy and unhealthy foods had occurred during the past two hours.
Children were significantly more likely than their mothers to consume unhealthy foods during two-hour windows that included physical activity, but not screen time. Although more research is needed, the authors speculate that children who participate in regular sports may be subjected to an environment where food advertisements and high-calorie, low-nutrient snacks may be freely available, in addition to having a busy schedule that is conducive to intake of fast food.